Fears rising over fate of two refugees wanted by Russia

Kyiv Post journalist Svitlana Tuchynska writes that although international law forbids Ukraine from sending them back, one has disappeared from a Kyiv detention center while the other was so severely beaten in custody he slipped into a coma. | detail

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UNHCR protests over treatment of two mandate refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has issued a statement expressing concern over the fate of two refugees recognized by UNHCR under its mandate and condemning their treatment as in flagrant disregard for fundamental human rights. | detail

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UNHCR condemns Ukraine’s refusal to admit Kyrgyz asylum seeker

The UN Refugee Agency has condemned the refusal to allow a Kyrgyzstan national onto Ukrainian territory in violation of international law and the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights | detail

Visits 751

HRW: Stop Harassing Somali Asylum Seekers

The Ukrainian authorities should immediately stop police harassment and threats against Somali asylum seekers held at the Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Centre, Human Rights Watch insists | detail

Visits 1197

Ukraine must release Somali asylum-seekers

Amnesty International is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to release Somali nationals who are currently on hunger strike in protest at being detained for up to a year “for the purposes of deportation” following court orders issued in December last year. | detail

Visits 1122

Concern over plight of Somali asylum seekers in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Refugee Council has issued an open appeal to the President, Minister of Internal Affairs, Head of the Migration Service and others calling on them to take all measures needed to regulate the situation of Somali asylum seekers presently in Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1073

90% of asylum seekers in Ukraine turned down

Ukrainian NGOs report that over the ten years since Ukraine signed the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees, it has not created a system for giving effective assistance to asylum seekers. | detail

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The Whole Truth about fighting Ilegal Immigration: Facts and Figures

In a damning expose of myths about migration and those who encourage them, Volodymyr Batchae stresses that the fight against illegal migration must not turn into a hunt for CIS nationals so as to be able to proudly present to Europe hunting trophies in the form of figures supposedly demonstrating an exacerbation of the problem | detail

Visits 3500

Watch out for skinheads and the police

Yury Nuzhny writes about an asylum seeker from Guinea who asked him to tell people about the latest of many encounters with the Kharkiv police. Perhaps, he says, the people at the top in the police don’t know what’s happening and when they find out, will punish those responsible. | detail

Visits 1432

Hospitality the Ukrainian way: three days in custody at Boryspil Airport

Late in the evening of 9 September a family from Afghanistan – a pregnant woman, her husband and one-year-old infant – was allowed onto Ukrainian territory after being unlawfully detained for three days by Kyiv border guards | detail

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Will the new law make life easier for refugees?

While reception has been generally positive, there are doubts as to its practical enforcement. Its success will also depend on the court system | detail

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What to expect from the new law on refugees

The Law on Refugees and People who need additional or temporary protection came into force on 4 August 2011. Nadiya Ediyeva from the Chernihiv Public Committee for Human Rights, assesses its new features. | detail

Visits 1640

Good News at Last: mandate refugee Denis Solopov released!

Denis Solopov, Moscow artist and civic activist who had been held in a Kyiv SIZO (detention unit) since March pending a decision on the extradition request from Russia has been released and has gone to the Netherlands which, unlike Ukraine, found grounds for offering him political asylum | detail

Visits 912

Ukraine to pay refugee from Russian Federation 6 thousand euro in moral compensation

While a Ukrainian court did finally overturn the Prosecutor General’s order to extradite Lema Susarov to the Russian Federation, the Chechen refugee still spent a year in a Ukrainian SIZO | detail

Visits 1372

UNHCR comments on new refugee legislation

While the new law on refugees “takes several progressive steps in refugee protection, it does not yet meet EU and international standards on two key points and could be further fine tuned on a number of relevant matters that would further improve Ukraine’s legislative framework” | detail

Visits 1389

Calls for release of mandate refugee Denis Solopov

On 20 June, International Refugee Day, human rights activists and artists picketed the Prosecutor General’s Office demanding the release from detention of Moscow artist and civic activist, Denis Solopov who took part in the Khimki Forest protest in Moscow region | detail

Visits 821

Political Refugee Denis Solopov could be deported to Russia

Environmental activist and artist Denis Solopov holds mandate refugee status from the UNHCR in Ukraine, yet this, a spokesperson says, is not a decisive argument according to Ukrainian legislation | detail

Visits 2245

Amendments proposed to Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Nationals

While the new draft law apparently gives foreign nationals and stateless persons virtually the same opportunities as Ukrainian citizens, it retains provisions which tighten the rules for entering and staying in Ukraine, including the possibility of refusing entry or deporting a person who “discredits” the country | detail

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Denis Solopov, Khimki Forest defender still in danger of extradition to Russia

Denis Solopov is a mandate refugee and must not be extradited. Whatever prompted the Ukrainian authorities to reach a different conclusion, the UNHCR studied the material and is certain that there were grounds to grant him status which precludes extradition | detail

Visits 876

Amendments to migration legislation: Punish and ban, or resolve the problems?

The No Borders Project warns that the amendments to migration legislation adopted on 5 April 2011 pose the threat of greater abuse and human rights violations, while giving some hope for positive development of one important constitutional concept | detail

Visits 1480

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